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The King's Singers: Lullaby of Birdland

A tribute to two musical legends - Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing


George Shearing
from Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare
R. Rodney Bennett
Sermons and Devotions
R. Rodney Bennett
Verses for St. Cecilia
R. Rodney Bennett
Colloquy with God
George Gershwin
It ain’t necessarily so (arr. Rodney Bennett)
George Gershwin
The-half-of-it dearie blues
George Gershwin
Love is here to stay (arr. Rodney Bennett)
George Gershwin
Sweet and Lowdown (arr. Rodney Bennett)
Young & Herman
When I Fall in Love (arr. L’Estrange)
Rodgers & Hart
My funny Valentine (arr. L’Estrange)
Cole Porter
Let’s Misbehave (arr. L’Estrange)
Arlen & Koehler
Get Happy (arr. Hart)
Arlen & Ira Gershwin
It’s a new world (arr. Rodney Bennett)
Over the rainbow (arr. Richardsom)
George Shearing
Lullaby of Birdland


  • The King’s Singers
  • Acoustic Triangle
  • The Choir of Royal Holloway
  • Brian Kay, presenter

Join an outstanding line-up of musicians including The King’s Singers, Acoustic Triangle, The Choir of Royal Holloway and special guest presenter Brian Kay for a musical tribute to two extraordinary artists who mastered the worlds of jazz and classical to great acclaim.

Arrangements and original works by both composers have become popular favourites with audiences across the world, and tonight’s performance includes music written especially for The King’s Singers, as well as arrangements of songs from the Great American Songbook including tracks from The King’s Singers/Shearing/Bennett hit album, Get Happy.

6.15pm – 7pm: Pre-concert talk
Brian Kay in conversation with members of The King’s Singers past and present, Lady Ellie Shearing and other friends and collaborators of George and Richard.

The King’s Singers: ‘The superlative vocal sextet’

(The Times)

Gwilym Simcock: ‘A fine balance between spontaneity, discipline and technique’

(The Independent)

Malcolm Creese: ‘I’ve really enjoyed hearing you play this week’

(Frank Sinatra)

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